Developer Contributions

Developer Contributions

In order to deliver sustainable development we need to make sure new housing is supported by adequate infrastructure and that some of those new homes are affordable.  To achieve this we have polices to ensure new development contributes by providing land, buildings or finances to deliver new infrastructure and affordable housing.

The Elmbridge Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and Community Infrastructure Charging Schedule set out the contributions required from new development towards infrastructure, affordable housing and Thames Basin Heaths mitigation through the use of both planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Developer contribution SPD  

CIL charging schedule  

We have produced a template and a calculation tool which allows applicants to calculate the contributions payable.

Please note:
You will need to open the excel spreadsheet, select ‘Enable Editing’ then ‘Enable Content’, and save a copy before completing.

Planning contributions charge sheet – calculation tool    

Affordable housing

All Councils are required to ensure at least some housing is considered to be affordable. Core Strategy Policy CS21: Affordable Housing sets out our target for the number of affordable homes we will deliver by 2026 and the proportion of affordable housing, or the financial contribution to support their delivery that we expect to be provided where there is an increase in housing. Where applicants consider that the charge is disproportionate, the Council will request that the relevant information setting out scheme viability is submitted for independent assessment as set out in our Developer Contributions SPD.

Please read the Council’s response to the Written Ministerial Statement with regard to the Government’s intentions on planning obligations in relation to small sites and vacant building credit. The Council has also produced an update (February 2017) which looks at planning applications and appeals, exploring over a 6 month from when Planning Practice Guidance was amended, at the effectiveness of its approach. The Council intends to undertake regular reviews which will be published here. 

Thames Basin Heaths

Within Elmbridge, Chatley Heath and part of the Ockham and Wisley Commons Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) has been identified as an internationally important habitat for three rare species of ground nesting birds. This habitat is known as the Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Area (SPA). Core Strategy Policy CS13: Thames Basin Heath’s SPA sets out a local framework to ensure that the SPA is protected from the implications of additional residential development and mitigation is secured. 

If you are submitting a planning application for Cobham, Weybridge or Hersham please review the Developer Contributions SPD to understand whether there are requirements relating to Thames Basin Heath.

Is my property within the SPA zone?

A legal agreement is required for provision of both affordable housing and SAMM and a template is provided below.

Unilateral Undertaking template

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

CIL is a charge on some forms of new development, raising funds towards infrastructure that is needed to support new development. We started collecting CIL in April 2013. Within Elmbridge CIL is payable on residential and retail development that include any new build of 100 square metres (sqm), or more, of gross internal floorspace or any development that involves the creation of an additional dwelling, even when below that size threshold.

Our CIL charge is:

  • £125 per sqm for residential dwellings (C3)

  • £50 per sqm for retail development (A1-A5)

CIL is calculated per sqm of development on gross internal area (GIA). GIA is the area of a building measured to the perimeter walls at each floor level. The guidance note sets out what falls under this definition.

Gross Internal Area definitions (GIA)  

The CIL charge is liable to indexation which is calculated using the national All-in Tender Price Index published by the Build Cost Information Service (BCIS).

A number of types of development are exempt from paying CIL but an applicant is still required to apply for an exemption.

  • Exemptions for self-build housing and for residential annexes and extensions

  • Charitable developments

  • Social housing

The Government’s most recent CIL guidance provides further information on specific requirements relating to exemptions and the procedures you must follow. 

Since April 2013, permitted development (development which does not require planning permission) may be of a sufficient scale to be liable to CIL. It is then the responsibility of the developer to serve a Notice of Chargeable Development to us before development starts. The CIL charge will then be calculated and applied just as though planning permission had been issued. Please note that we may also advise if CIL is payable when dealing with 'Do I need Planning Permission' requests and as part of its Planning Enforcement process.

Complete forms for a CIL liable application

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